- to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately: to exaggerate the difficulties of a situation.
- to increase or enlarge abnormally: Those shoes exaggerate the size of my feet.
- to employ exaggeration, as in speech or writing: a person who is always exaggerating.
Origin of exaggerate
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Examples from the Web for exaggerator
They say that you are blind, a dreamer, an exaggerator—a liar, in short!Daily Thoughts
"I must perform my official duties," remarked the King's Exaggerator.The Missing Prince
G. E. Farrow
“I trust you realise what an exaggerator I am—that I lay myself out to exaggerate,” he writes.Familiar Studies of Men and Books
Robert Louis Stevenson
You will see—in brief, the only exaggerator in the South is Old Sol, for he does enlarge everything he touches.
He was every inch a Gascon, a boastful talker, an exaggerator, fond of posing and a little of a bully.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime
William Henry Atherton
- to regard or represent as larger or greater, more important or more successful, etc, than is true
- (tr) to make greater, more noticeable, etc, than usualhis new clothes exaggerated his awkwardness
Word Origin and History for exaggerator
1530s, "to pile up, accumulate," from Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare "heighten, amplify, magnify," literally "to heap, pile, load, fill," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + aggerare "heap up," from agger (genitive aggeris) "heap," from aggerere "bring together, carry toward," from ad- "to, toward" + gerere "carry" (see gest). Sense of "overstate" first recorded in English 1560s. Related: Exaggerated; exaggerating.